beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Poured in everything. Looks like dark rust. Nearly opaque. A hardened soft glow seeks the center but doesn’t even come close. A tall, all encompassing, cap of thick, luscious foam sweeps up the side of the goblet growing like the increasing wind of a oncoming storm. The top is tanned light brown in hue with a spot of brown leather in the center from the yeasty drippys. Tends to keep one heck of top sitting there the whole glass through; from pour to pour until the bottle is empty, the top is always sitting with a solid presense. Lacing is slow and low into the glass with patterns of thickly stringed blobby forms.
Aroma is soft and tender of a darkened tartness of citrus and smokey malts. Kinda grapey, kinda plummy, a certain funk of leather and wet, old wood simply keeps it interesting to the nose.
Flavors are simple in composure but complex in layers and length. Simple ways about it seem forebodingly dark and seeping into a sweet, deep tartness thats amazingly soft and supple. Flavors are a wave of mixtures making the overall current a tasty little display of dark grape and citrusy orange dusted with cocoa and semi tangy molasses. Very moderate really but lasting. Rides out for a tauntifingly, yeastified, sweet, and candied treat. The semi sweetness, sugared cookie doughness, and wood/leather funk hints is the make and mark of a great Belgian beer. And this smacks of that fact.
Feel is sublime! So succulant, so soft and tender. It works sublimely with the flavors across the palate. As if to unfold, or create a breeze with verve and steadiness. The body is just over medium and never strays from there. Texturized in fluffy stuff that yeasty things like to create. Perfect.
This is one very damn fine brew. That 8% and bigger 750ml bottle can catch ya off guard right quick if your not careful. A sipper, sure. But downable all the same. Brigadier (3690) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2006
750 ml bottle
Boutip (6385) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2006
Thanks to hezron for sharing this at a small tasting on the 10th. It was the
first beer we sampled of three and probably the best of the afternoon. The
best part is that this particular bottle cost a whopping $3.99 at the local
grocery store. Now that’s value.
Aroma / Appearance - A bubbly off-white head settled into the chestnut
colored body, leaving only a faint trace of coating. The nose was an
interesting take on the typical saison. I detected many fruity characteristics
including apples and pears. In addition there was a mixture of vanilla, hay
and bittersweet cheap chocoloate (like Hersheys).
Flavor / Palate - After taking a sip, I found that my expectation was
completely diffferent. Instead of an average beer, this one had plenty of
complexity and balance. Wheat, semi-sweet chocoloate, honey and butterscotch
were among the first few sips. Towards the end it resembled rye bread. The
malt profile was very well done, making this an intruiging and excellent take
on the saison style.
Bottle: Poured a dirty dark yellow color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of weird spice mix with some strong Saaz hops. Taste is incredibly dry probably from the mix of spices and hops but doesn’t really excite my taste buds. Body is about average and carbonation is quite low. Not bad but just doesn’t provide the magic that I usually find in Fantome beers. AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2006
A transluscent brown color, some sediment in suspension on an undisturbed bottle, with a fat-bubbled head that is sustained by aggressive carbonation. Aroma is milk-like but absolutey dominated by cola and soybean fried potato chips with some nice dark fruit touches. Though for a winter beer I would assume deeper, lusher malt aromas. Flavor is all about the dark, sundried fruit and a little cola that is all lifted away by a nice carbonation level. A touch of cork in this beer is actually welcome to add an ethereal, background complexity and to help perceptively dry the beer out from being cloying. This is pretty tasty. f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Sampled head to head with Fantome Noel. Pours a cloudy tan color with a small, tan head. Head lasts with the entire beer. Spicier than the Noel, this beer presents itself with a certain "bite". Carmel, heavy anise, and a grassy note dominate this beer, along with the background sweetness. Slightly sticky, but entirely drinkable. Definitely recommended.
CapFlu (5127) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2006
(750ml bottle) Bieropholie/SAQ Imports and brought to my door by Lubiere. I had always thought that I had review this beer? I’ve passed it over numerous times only to find that I haven’t... or at least not reviewed it. And I am ashamed as this is unbelievable! Pours a large frothy lasting white head and a cloudy light amber body with floaties. Nose of marshmallows, vanilla, wild yeast, citrus and coriander. The flavour echos the nose yet with a herbal tongue, Fluff spread and vanilla soy milk mixed with rosemary. The guy may be a crazy brewer but its incredibly enjoyable beer! Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Pours a medium amber, mostly clear with medium to high carbonation. Initial huge off white head but fades and leaves some good lacing. Aroma is mostly cork, some soy, light oxidation, salt, olives, acetic acid, and some barnyard funk. Flavor and body are a bit light, but still pretty complex. Lots of cork, bready yeast, light crystal malts, very light acidity on the tip of the tongue, and a ligth alcohol flim on the tongue in the end. Prettty good overall, but my bottle might have been a bit old. Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2006
Robe blonde foncée voilée surmontée d’une mousse blanche mince. Arômes de fruits, d’épices et de cassonade. Saveurs acides de pomme verte, de citron, de sucre et d’épices. boto (2214) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 21, 2006
750ml bottle: This beer pours a very hazy red-tinged mahogany brown color. There was a small off-white head that dies off quickly. The aroma is pleasant, albeit a little weaker than I expected for this beer. The aroma is complex. It is appealing, with notes of caramel, sourness and I’m not quite sure. It is definitely complex. The taste is good. Somewhat tart, a hint of pepperiness, some fruits, caramel, the list goes on. Very nice. DocLock (10706) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. This one poured turbid brown with a repeating 3-finger khaki head. Aroma of caramel malt, big spicy florals, some funk, dark fruit, brown sugar, cacao. The aroma on this is a lot like Rocheforte. The taste was caramel malty, with a lot of fruity, spicy, brown sugar and cabernet notes, and nuts. Very complex, well balanced, and smooth palate, and it retains that gret fantome house quality that guarantees a blind taste test would elicit a response to the effect that this one was brewed in Belgium.